2014 California State Controller election
Yee: 50–60% 60–70% 70–80% 80–90%
Swearengin: 50–60% 60–70% 70-80%
|Elections in California|
The 2014 California State Controller election was held on November 4, 2014, to elect the State Controller of California. Incumbent Democratic Controller John Chiang was term-limited and ineligible to run for re-election to a third term in office.
A primary election was held on June 3, 2014. Under California's nonpartisan blanket primary law, all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party. In the primary, voters may vote for any candidate, regardless of their party affiliation. The top two finishers — regardless of party — advance to the general election in November, even if a candidate manages to receive a majority of the votes cast in the primary election. Washington is the only other state with this system, a so-called "top two primary" (Louisiana has a similar "jungle primary").
In the primary, Republican Ashley Swearengin and Democrat Betty Yee finished first and second, respectively. The third-place finisher, Democrat John Pérez, initially called for a recount in 15 counties after official results showed him trailing Yee by 481 votes; however, he ultimately conceded to Yee more than a month after the primary. Swearengin and Yee contested the general election, which Yee won.
- Tammy D. Blair, administrator
- John Pérez, Speaker of the California State Assembly
- Betty Yee, Member of the State Board of Equalization
- David Evans, accountant, candidate for California's 22nd congressional district in 2006 and for Controller in 2010
- Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno
- Laura Wells, activist, retired financial and business analyst, nominee for Controller in 2002 and 2006 and nominee for Governor in 2010
|SurveyUSA||May 16–19, 2014||610||±4%||18%||31%||24%||8%||18%|
|Field Poll||Mar. 18–Apr. 5, 2014||504||±4.5%||14%||28%||19%||1%||38%|
|Democratic||Tammy D. Blair||200,532||4.96|
|GQR/American Viewpoint||October 22–29, 2014||1,162||± 3.3%||46%||38%||16%|
|Field Poll||October 15–28, 2014||941||± 3.4%||44%||36%||20%|
|Field Poll||August 14–28, 2014||467||± 4.8%||46%||32%||22%|
|Gravis Marketing||July 22–24, 2014||580||± 4%||39%||39%||22%|
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- "Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin plans bid for state controller". Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- Withdrawn: Tina Mizany for California State Controller (March 7, 2014). "With regret this notice is to inform everyone..." Facebook. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- "Statement of Vote June 3, 2014, Statewide Direct Primary Election" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-04. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
- "Statement of Vote November 4, 2014, General Election" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- California State Controller election, 2014 at Ballotpedia
- Campaign contributions at FollowTheMoney.org
- Official campaign websites